the rise of Mike Buda

Showcasing a Career

Mike is the Sports Director at 23 WIFR in Rockford, IL. For the last decade, he has dedicated himself to becoming a well-rounded sports journalist while working in print, radio and television. Mike has traveled the country refining his skills as a writer, videographer and on-air talent. His dream is to one day find a permanent job in the world of soccer.

 

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EDUCATION
Illinois Center for Broadcasting, August 2011-August 2012
Lombard, Illinois

Northern Illinois University, Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, December 2010
DeKalb, Illinois

Relevant Coursework: Basic News Writing, News Reporting, Article Writing, News Editing, Electronic News Gathering, Journalism Law, Radio Broadcasting, TV Newscast Production, and Studio and Field Production

EXPERIENCE
Sports Director, WIFR TV, Rockford, IL, October 2016-Present
•Managed department and set daily schedules
•Produced and anchored live sportscasts
•Shot video, conducted interviews, wrote scripts, and edited video for stories
•Operated live backpack and live truck

Weekend Sports Anchor, WIFR TV, Rockford, IL, June 2016-October 2016
•Produced and anchored live sportscasts
•Shot video, conducted interviews, wrote scripts, and edited video for stories
•Operated live backpack and live truck

Multi-Media Journalist, WIFR TV, Rockford, IL, April 2013-June 2016
•Created news packages for daily newscasts
•Produced and anchored live 30 minute newscasts
•Shot video, conducted interviews, wrote scripts, and edited video for stories
•Operated live backpack and live truck
•Nominated for 2015 IBA Silver Dome Award Best Light Feature
•Acted as play-by-play announcer for IHSA football broadcasts on WIFR.com

Play-by-Play Announcer/Color Commentator, Northern Illinois University Athletics, DeKalb, IL, September-November 2014
•Broadcasted Huskies men’s and women’s soccer home matches on NIUHuskies.com.
•Worked simultaneously as the color commentator
•Built a relationship with coaches, players and staff

Play-by-Play Announcer/Director, Tourbeau Sports Group, South Carolina, November 2012-July 2013
•Broadcasted 2012 NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship tournament on NAIA.org’s video-stream
•Created highlight video of tournament for semi-finalist banquet
•Interviewed players and coaches as part of the live broadcast
•Directed the online video broadcast for the 2013 NAIA Men's and Women's Indoor Track & Field National Championship
•Color-commentated for the 2013 NPSL National Semifinals and Final

Radio Host, SportstownChicago.com, Lombard, IL, October 2011-December 2012
•Hosted and produced sports and wrestling shows
•Edited and transcribed interviews to send out to wrestling websites
•Broadcasted high school girl’s soccer state playoffs while doing color commentary and play-by-play

Freelance Sports Writer, Sun-Times Media Group, Glenview, IL, December 2010-October 2012
•Wrote more than 200 game recaps and features for online and print editions
•Covered high school basketball, soccer, wrestling, baseball, softball, swimming and bowling in the Chicagoland area
•Developed features by thoroughly researching on the internet
•Turned in stories prior to deadline 100% of the time

Play-by-Play Announcer, Loyola Ramblers Soccer, Chicago, IL, August 2012-November 2012
•Broadcasted Ramblers men’s and women’s soccer home matches on the radio
•Worked simultaneously as the color commentator
•Built a relationship with coaches, players and staff

News Intern, Comcast Sportsnet, Chicago, IL, January 2012-May 2012
•Logged time code of sporting events for producers
•Interviewed Aramis Ramirez and Simeon basketball coach Robert Smith
•Created opening sequence for Sportsnet Central

Programming Intern, 670 The Score, Chicago, IL, September 2011-January 2012
•Edited and uploaded podcasts every hour of show
•Produced for the Les Grobstein Show
•Screened phone calls for White Sox Weekly and Les Grobstein Show

Sports Writer, Northern Star, DeKalb, IL, August 2008-December 2010
•Wrote more than 100 news stories, player features, and opinionated columns for the school's daily newspaper
•Contacted and interviewed athletes and coaches of NIU for quotes and to develop stories
•Researched information on stories and subjects
•Collaborated on stories with other writers which built teamwork within sports section
•Covered men’s basketball, men’s soccer, volleyball, wrestling, and club sports beats
•Developed ideas for stories by searching online and calling sources

News and Sports Anchor, Northern Television Center, DeKalb, IL, August 2009-May 2010
•Operated film equipment and interviewed people in the DeKalb area
•Edited video that would be used in newscasts
•Wrote scripts for newscasts and sports segments

SKILLS
Computer: Edius, Final Cut Pro, Avid, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, Adobe Audition/Cool Edit, iNews, MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

 

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